To What Extent Does A Reclamation Project Hurts Biodiversity?

The non-stop reclamation project of China in the disputed group of islands and islets at the West Philippine Sea or the Spratly group of islands has been causing great irreparable damage to the Biodiversity in that region.  The damage had been observed in the shoals and atolls that included the Johnson Reef, McKennan Reef, Mischief Reef, Cuarteron Reef, Gaven Reef and Fiery Cross Reef.   Through the UN intervention,  this act of defiance by China should, immediately, stop.

This is the substance of the recently concluded meeting of countries at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The report stated that “Ambassador Lourdes O. Yparraguirre, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations, issued her warning before a hundred UN legal experts in a June 10 forum organized by the Philippines that focused on the protection and preservation of the marine environment. With the theme, “UNCLOS and the Protection of the Marine Environment,” the event was held at the sidelines of the week-long 25th Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (SPLOS) at the UN Headquarters.”

(Source: Jane Perlez, the New York Times)

For a detailed discussion on this issue, please click the link hereunder.

http://www.interaksyon.com/article/112377/south-china-sea-in-environmental-crisis-due-to-beijings-reclamation-un-forum-told

For related story by Jane Perlez, New York Times, please refer to this link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/17/world/asia/china-building-airstrip-in-disputed-spratly-islands-satellite-images-show.html?_r=0

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World Environment Day, 2015

June 5 every year had been designated by the United Nations as World Environment Day. Celebrated by all nations of the world, WED activities ranges from Information and Education Campaigns, Tree Planting, Clean-Up Drive of the coastal areas, rivers, forest parks and oceans and global forum, among others.

Here is a glimpse of the 2015 video produced by the UN with the theme: Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet, Consume With Care.

Source: youtube, uploaded by UN

Another issue that is worth looking into is the experiences encountered by the Karen people of Burma, now Myanmar.  Here’s a video on the environment issues that greatly affected the Karen people.

Source: youtube, uploaded by KESAN Channel

To read more about the history of the Karen people, please click this link:

http://rainbowends.org/karen/history.htm

 

 

 

A Human Settlements In The Atmosphere of Venus?

Why not. It may appear like a sci-fi movie but when the possibility of establishing  a human settlements in the atmosphere of Venus is confirmed by studies, it would change our perceptions of life in outer space. Find out more about this project here:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/this-inflatable-plane-could-explore-the-clouds-of-venus/ar-BBkdPsf?ocid=DELLDHP

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Earthniversity

In the celebration of Earth Day on April 22, 2015, Earthniversity would like to re-post this video. Hoping that this will inspire the readers to engage in activities that can protect and conserve the environment.

For LGUs (local government units) and communities around the world, the following programs and projects can be implemented in your local community to support the Earth Day celebration. These are the following:

1. Tree planting in selected areas which were identified by your local environment office.  This included mangroves tree planting.

2. Clean-up Drive along the coastal areas, river sides, creeks, waterways, parks, forest areas frequented by tourists who left the rubbish there.

3. Conduct of information, education and community consultation, workshop, or symposium on topics relevant to the protection and conservation of the environment.

4. Other activities you deem fit for your local community.

Earthniversity would like to recognize BlueGreenEarth for uploading this video…

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World Water Day 2015: Water Is Our World.

Water is life.  Water is everything.  Let us protect and conserve those parts of the environment that create water. Begin it with yourself, at home, in offices, in your community, all around the world.  Don’t forget, it is March 22, the day to renew your commitment to this noble cause.

Source: youtube and UNwater1

The power of water and jobs

On World Water Day, people everywhere show that they care and that they have the power to make a difference. They get inspired by information and use it to take action and change things. This year many will focus on the power that water and jobs have to transform people’s lives. Nearly all jobs are related to water and those that ensure its safe delivery. But today, millions of people who work in water are often not recognized or even protected by basic labour rights. This needs to change.  
(Source: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/about-wo)

For a more enjoyable reading, please open the following links:

http://www.unwater.org/publications/publications-detail/en/c/281166/

http://www.unwater.org/publications/jmp/en/

Waste Management Styles of Cruise Ships

Earthniversity presents a snippet of the different styles of Waste Management done by cruise ships. Their compliance with environmental laws, remove the irritants between the cruise ships and the environmentalists.   Presented here are two videos featuring their styles of managing waste.  The first and the second video tells about the problems the cruise ship’s waste management practices can affect the ocean.  The third video will give you an idea that there is a better way to dispose of wastes and lowering the cruise ships’ environmental footprint.  The fourth and the last video presents the various ways of waste segregation and packaging for proper disposal when the ship reaches its port of call.

Source: You Tube by Tina Dreffin.

Source:  You Tube by Cooper LeComp

Source: youtube, uploaded by DW (English).

We just hope, that all other cruise ships around the world, strictly adhere to the proper management of waste and their sanitary disposal whether on land or the sea.  I think, we just got to believe and trust what they do.  In the final analysis, their name is at stake.  So, cruisers (the people who patronize cruise ships), be selective in your choice of cruise ship.  As you think of your next travel destination, consider the cruise line that has a good record in protecting our environment.

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A cruise ship docks at the Heritage Wharf of the Royal Naval Dockyard in the island of Bermuda. (Photo by Henry C. Libo-on at Bermuda Islands, U.K.)

Source: You Tube by MSCCruisesOfficial.

Acknowledgement:

Earthniversity acknowledges the sources of the foregoing videos from youtube and its uploader. Thank you.

Updated March 2, 2018.